Assassination of a High School President (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Assassination of a High School President (2008)
  • Rate: 6.5/10 total 8,563 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Mystery
  • Release Date: 8 April 2010 (Portugal)
  • Runtime: 93 min
  • Filming Location: Bayonne High School – Avenue A & 28th Street, Bayonne, New Jersey, USA
  • Budget: $11,500,000(estimated)
  • Director: Brett Simon
  • Stars: Reece Thompson, Mischa Barton and Bruce Willis
  • Original Music By: Daniele Luppi   
  • Soundtrack: Part One
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: School | Newspaper Reporter | Party | Popularity | Public Phone

Writing Credits By:

  • Kevin Jakubowski (written by) &
  • Tim Calpin (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Although the location is never clearly stated, Principal Kirkpatrick, played by Bruce Willis, has the state flag of New Jersey in his office. Willis grew up in Penns Grove New Jersey.
  • The deleted scenes show multiple references to John Wilkes Booth, which frames the scene where the rooftop shooter jumps down from the roof and limps away on one leg.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: Right after the first basketball game, Byron buys a Pepsi in a bottle out of the machine in the school hallway. He pops the bottle cap off using the opener on the machine, but when he brings the bottle up to drink, the level in the bottle is already down several inches, indicating this was a re-take of the shot.

Plot: At a Catholic high school, the popular girl teams up with a sophomore newspaper reporter to investigate a case of stolen SAT exams. Once the duo target their suspects, a larger conspiracy is unearthed. Full summary »  »

Story: High School. Four of the most important years of your life. But it isn't always dances and keg parties and sucking face in your parents' mini-van. Sometimes it's ugly and hard and complicated. As complicated as a conspiracy to overthrow the president. There's something rotten at St. Donovan's High and sophomore newspaper reporter Bobby Funke is on it like pink rubber bands on your little sister's braces. When senior hottie Francesca Facchini solicits Funke's help tracking down a set of stolen SATs, Funke uncovers a story dirtier than the lunch lady's mustache. After he fingers the school president (figuratively) for the crime, Funke becomes one of the most popular kids at St. Donovan's High. No longer known simply as the freshman who was once tied to a giant snowman penis, Funke wins the respect of everyone from the Desert-Storm-hero-turned-educator Principal Kirkpatrick to the kid that farts on him in Spanish class…Written by Yari Film Group  


Synopsis: At St. Donovan’s, a Catholic High School in New Jersey, Bobby Funke (Reece Thompson) is a less than popular 10th grade sophomore with a dream to get into Northwestern University’s summer journalism program. Although Bobby claims he’s a great writer, he’s never finished an article for St. Donovan’s school newspaper. The editor-in-chief Clara, (Melonie Diaz), assigns Bobby to do an article on Paul Moore, the student body president. Bobby attempts to get an interview, but is unable to get a story out of Paul and is bullied by Paul’s friends. Paul is the star of the basketball team and on a game night, Paul takes a fall and injures his knee.

The next morning Principal Kirkpatrick (Bruce Willis) discovers the SATs have been stolen from a safe in his office. Kirkpatrick rounds up his "usual suspects" of high school misfits along with Bobby to question them. The group is innocent but Kirkpatrick warns them all to watch their step.

When attractive senior Francesca Facchini (Mischa Barton) solicits Bobby’s help tracking down the set of stolen SATs, Funke uncovers a story. He sets on a large scale investigation and links Paul Moore to the crime. He writes an article pointing the finger at Paul. The day after the article comes out, Kirkpatrick forces Paul to open his locker and the SATs fall out. As a result of his sleuthing, Funke becomes one of the most popular kids at St. Donovan’s. Clara decides to submit Funke’s article to Northwestern which earns Bobby a scholarship to the summer program. Funke wins the respect of everyone from Principal Kirkpatrick to the kid that farts on him in Spanish class and Francesca takes Funke to the homecoming dance as her date.

As Funke’s popularity grows so do his suspicions. Paul confronts Bobby, proclaiming his innocence, stating that he got into Cornell but decided to take the test again to see if he could get a better score. Funke begins to wonder if Paul really stole the SATs or if he’s just a pawn in a larger conspiracy.

Funke investigates even deeper into the lives of Paul’s shady friends, all members of the Student Council. He discovers their involvement with drug dealing. The Student Council had actually stolen the SATs along with other tests throughout the year, modifying the marks of the best students to make them doubt their test-taking abilities and turn to the Student Council for performance-enhancing Adderrall and other speed-like medications. Funke says that while Paul wasn’t a part of the scam, the group ringleader Marlon Piazza (Luke Grimes) had Paul framed to avoid being caught. Funke also finds out that Francesca lead him along the entire time to keep him from finding out the truth. Francesca and Marlon, step-siblings, are revealed as lovers.

Funke confronts the group in the principal’s office. Marlon threatens to have Funke thrown out the window and frame it as a suicide, but his threat and confession are heard on the school’s intercom system. When Funke entered the room, he secretly turned on the microphone; Funke’s friends save him from being thrown out the window and Kirkpatrick rushes into the office, followed by the student body and Francesca. Francesca attempts to gain Funke’s trust again, only to be shut down and left to deal with Kirkpatrick’s punishment. Funke walks out of the office as Clara congradulates him for busting up this latest conspiracy and tells him that this latest story will be a further steping stone to his own career as a writer.

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Produced By:

  • Brian Bell known as line producer
  • Elsie Choi known as co-producer
  • Doug Davison known as producer
  • David Glasser known as executive producer
  • Bradley Jenkel known as executive producer
  • Roy Lee known as producer
  • Gabriel Mason known as co-producer
  • Eric Umali known as co-producer
  • Bob Yari known as producer
  • Irene Yeung known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Mischa Barton known as Francesca Fachini
  • Reece Thompson known as Bobby Funke (as Reece Daniel Thompson)
  • Bruce Willis known as Principal Jared T. Kirkpatrick
  • Michael Rapaport known as Coach Z
  • Kathryn Morris known as Nurse Platt
  • Melonie Diaz known as Clara Diaz
  • Josh Pais known as Padre Newell
  • Luke Grimes known as Marlon Piazza
  • Patrick Taylor known as Paul Moore
  • Aaron Himelstein known as Tad Goltz
  • Joseph Perrino known as Dutch Middleton (as Joe Perrino)
  • John Magaro known as Cipriato
  • Robin Taylor known as Alex Schneider
  • Vincent Piazza known as Ricky Delacruz
  • Zoë Kravitz known as Valerie Torres
  • Zachary Booth known as Rocky Raccoon
  • Adam Pally known as Freddy Bismark
  • Tanya Fischer known as Sam Landis
  • Josh Caras known as Marty Mullen
  • Zach Roerig known as Matt Mullen
  • Ashley Springer known as White Kid With Dreadlocks
  • Emily Meade known as Tiffany Ashwood
  • Gabrielle Brennan known as Chrissy Moore
  • Jake Weary known as Hall Monitor
  • Jessica Link known as High School Student
  • Laura Ford known as DMV Lady
  • Linsey Miller known as Party Girl #1
  • Marc John Jefferies known as Elliot Duncan
  • Maria Elena Ramirez known as Nancy Margle
  • Michael Zegen known as Steven Loman
  • Nick Blaemire known as Byron
  • Quinn Shephard known as Eye Patch Girl
  • Whitney Sprayberry known as Party Girl #2
  • Zoe Weizenbaum known as Female Writer
  • Tomas Deckaj known as Ben Striedel
  • Effrem J. Adams known as Shocked Student / Prom Couple (uncredited)
  • Angelina Aucello known as St. Donovan's Student (uncredited)
  • Chris Bowyer known as Student (uncredited)
  • Emily Brownell known as Ms. Smart (uncredited)
  • Alana Cadiz known as Saint Donovan Friar Cheerleader (uncredited)
  • Gary Cherkassky known as High School Student (uncredited)
  • Casey Cipriani known as Student (uncredited)
  • Ryan Curtis known as High School Student (uncredited)
  • Elsbeth Denman known as Prom Extra (uncredited)
  • Mohamed Dione known as Ongatumamwe (uncredited)
  • Jason Etter known as Comets Basketball Player (uncredited)
  • John Farrer known as Faculty Priest (uncredited)
  • Cassidy Gard known as High School Student (uncredited)
  • Cassie Hansen known as Catholic School Girl (uncredited)
  • Janelle Henry known as High School Student (uncredited)
  • Jeanine Hill known as High School Student (uncredited)
  • Kimberly Magness known as High School Student (uncredited)
  • Robert Malitsky known as Comet Basketball Player (uncredited)
  • Ronnie McCoullough known as High School Student (uncredited)
  • Joel Ney known as St. Donovan's Student (uncredited)
  • Chris Nuñez known as High School Student (uncredited)
  • Enrique Sebastian Rivas known as St. Donovan's Student (uncredited)
  • Louis Rosario known as St. Donovan's Student (uncredited)
  • Steven Rubinchik known as High School Student (uncredited)
  • Ben Skinner known as High School Student (uncredited)
  • Kathryn Wahl known as Catholic School Girl (uncredited)
  • Blake Young-Fountain known as Student (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Bert Reo Anderson known as hair stylist
  • Barry Berger known as assistant makeup artist
  • Fabian Garcia known as hair department head
  • Sarit Klein known as makeup artist
  • Tina LaSpina known as makeup artist
  • Sherri Berman Laurence known as additional makeup artist (as Sherri Berman Laurence)
  • Jason Shur known as hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Joe Cecchini known as art department assistant
  • Almitra Corey known as art department coordinator
  • Abariss Culjak known as assistant props
  • Shannon Finnerty known as buyer
  • Daniel Fisher known as property master
  • David Scott Gagnon known as lead man
  • Scott Griswold known as set dresser
  • Hunter Harris known as art department intern
  • Sean Ryan Jennings known as art department production assistant
  • Victor Littlejohn known as assistant property master
  • Peter Mayer known as set dresser
  • Jeff Naparstek known as set dresser
  • Eric Pastore known as props
  • Timothy Powers known as on-set dresser
  • Bob Provenzano known as set dresser
  • Peter Regnier known as set dresser


Production Companies:

  • Vertigo Entertainment
  • Yari Film Group (YFG)

Other Companies:

  • Colour Movie  main title design by
  • David Haddad  transportation equipment
  • EarCandy  sound post-production
  • Grant Wilfley Casting  extras casting
  • Haddad's  transportation equipment
  • MS-Pro/  post-production (music services)
  • PostWorks, The Lab  processing
  • Postworks New York  dailies
  • Soundtrack  adr facility
  • Wildfire Studios  adr recording facility
  • Wildfire Studios  sound post-production
  • Wildfire Studios  sound re-recording


  • Yari Film Group Releasing (2008) (USA) (all media)
  • MG Film (2008) (Croatia) (all media)
  • Freestyle Releasing (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment One (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Fine Films (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Capelight Pictures (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2010) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • Prisvídeo – Edições Videográficas (2010) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Pyramid (2008) (Russia) (all media)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Release Date:

  • USA 17 January 2008 (Sundance Film Festival)
  • USA 14 March 2008 (South by Southwest Film Festival)
  • Russia 14 May 2009 (TV premiere)
  • USA 6 October 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Canada 27 October 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 4 February 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 12 March 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Portugal 8 April 2010
  • Finland 14 April 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden 14 April 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Australia 11 June 2010 (Blu-ray premiere)
  • Poland 5 July 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 2 April 2011

MPAA: Rated R for sexual content, some nudity, language, and drug and alcohol use – all involving teens


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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